Reps. John Doolittle, Jerry Lewis and Gary Miller, all are under some sort of federal investigation, yet the dirty three are still planning on running for re-election in ’08 (as long as they don’t get indicted by then). Each one has taken their turn under the corruption spotlight. Right now it is Miller time, as the investigation into his tax evasion heats up.
Roll Call, the insider rag in DC says today (sub req):
The speculation that there might be something substantial to the investigation into Miller’s connection to a land deal has yet to trickle down to the level of rank-and-file voters. But talk among Republican activists is beginning to percolate about who might be a suitable candidate to replace him in 2008 – or before that.
“There’s no rush to replace [Miller]. But there is a growing concern that ultimately he can’t survive this,” said one California Republican with knowledge of the district.
A list of possible candidates does not yet exist, but state Assemblyman Bob Huff (R) is mentioned by most when they are asked who would be among the leading contenders to replace Miller, whenever he decides to leave Congress and under whatever circumstances.
Toussaint said Miller is unconcerned about the speculation because, he emphasized, there is absolutely nothing to the investigation into his boss. California Republicans will not be blindsided by Miller the way they were by Cunningham, Toussaint insisted.
Republicans will not be blindsided this time because as dday pointed out last week, he briefed them on his legal troubles. They will not be blindsided because they are already planning his replacement. It is encouraging to see, at least from a potential indictment standpoint, the Republicans freaking out.
Then there is the matter of Doolittle.
Despite the strong Republican composition of the district and Brown’s failure to oust Doolittle amid a wave election, the Democrats smell blood. California Democratic Party Chairman Art Torres said Brown might have won last year’s race if the party had given him more help and said Democrats don’t want to make that mistake again.
“I was out on the campaign trail with him and his wife, and he really resonates with that district,” Torres said. “Did we do enough? Probably not; we should have done more.”
This agitates me to no end. How many millions were sitting in the CDP’s bank account in December? There were at least 4: the ones sent over to Nunez for his caucus activities. That can’t have been all of it. At a time when the national committees were going into debt, the CDP was sitting on piles of cash. Cash that could have paid for a new round of ads, gotten more walkers into the district, sent more mail…the list goes on.
What I want to know is why? Did they not pay for or get a hold of polling showing how tight this race was? I know Charlie didn’t have the cash to pay for it himself. He knew he was close, but didn’t put the money into seeing just how tight. It all went into other activities. The DCCC must have had something, but even they held off of putting resources into the district.
How did they not see the people powered movement Charlie Brown was building up in that district? The amount of infrastructure he built up, where there was none is amazing. We are talking about long term party building type of activities, not just winning an election. Frankly, the stuff that the CDP should have been really excited about.
The CDP and the DCCC must make up for their serious mistakes in 2006 by supporting Charlie in his next run.
Torres said ousting Doolittle in the 4th and protecting freshman Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) in the 11th district are among the state party’s top priorities in 2008. Torres compared the 4th to the 11th, explaining he is confident of Democrats’ chances there because Democratic voters have been moving into the district from the liberal San Francisco Bay area in increasing numbers.
Robinson, Doolittle’s spokesman, sounded skeptical that California Democrats would follow through on their plans to heavily target his boss, saying he believes they will find richer political targets than a GOP Congressman representing a district with 73,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats – a 17.6 point advantage.
The fact of the matter is that Charlie got within 3 points and 7,285 votes of Doolittle. Doolittle is beatable and everybody knows it. We can both protect McNerney and go after Doolittle. This fight can be won, but we will need help from everyone.
You can start by donating to Charlie Brown on the Calitics ActBlue page. I hope that the CDP follows the lead of the netroots and gets behind Charlie. They should have last time and have plenty to make up for failing him last cycle.